Updated Jan 14, 2021

COVID-19 Township Office Closing: 

Due to previous, Emergency Order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the newest January 13th, order, Township offices will continue to be closed January 14th through January 31st, at 11:59 p.m.

Most Township employees will be working from home during this two-week shutdown. Police and fire services will continue as usual.

Please call or email if you have questions or need information. The main telephone line will be answered M-F from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Employees will check emails and voicemail on a regular basis. General Township Line (269) 429-7703, Building Inspector (269) 930-2453

Township General Email: info@sjct.org

You may continue to send items via postal mail as the mail will be collected M-F. We also encourage you to place correspondence or payment items in the large drop box at the curb or the drop box to the left of the Township Hall entrance. Both boxes are secure as they are locked and under camera surveillance. The boxes will continue to be checked daily.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our residents and employees healthy and safe.

Property Tax Payments – 

In order to keep you and our employees safe, we encourage you to mail your tax payments to the Township Hall at P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085 OR place them in the curbside drop box or the drop box slit to the left of the main entrance door at the Township Hall. Both drop boxes are secured - locked and under surveillance. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and a receipt will be mailed to you.

If you need further assistance, limited staff will be available during the tax collection season at the Township Hall Friday, January 15th, Monday through Friday, January 18th - January 22nd and January 25th - January 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please ring the doorbell on the front of the main entrance door and someone will assist you.  You must wear a mask to enter the building, otherwise you will be assisted at the door.

TextMyGov -

The Township will launch TextMyGov on January 14th as an additional method of communication for our Township residents.

Using the regular messaging app on any smartphone, the smart texting technology allows residents to ask questions and get immediate responses, find links to information on the Township's website, address problems, report issues and upload photos by texting (269)-421-4001. Click here to view flyer.

It also allows the Township to communicate information to residents in a timely manner.  To have updates texted to you: under messaging type in 91896 then type in SJCTOWNSHIP.  Click here to view flyer. 

Beginning January 14th, an icon that you may click on for further information on TextMyGov will be located on the lower right corner of the main page of the Township's Website.

Yard Waste - 

Just a reminder that yard waste pick up has been extended this year beyond the end of November.  Due to COVID, yard waste pick up started later than normal in the spring and will be extended this year through December 17th. 

Curbside Christmas Tree Disposal - 

As part of your trash service, Best Way will pick up Christmas trees January 11th through the 14th.  Please have your tree at the roadside on your regularly scheduled trash pickup day.  If you need further information, contact Best Way at 269-463-3232.

Dog Licenses - 

All renewal forms have been mailed out by Berrien County Animal Control (BCAC):

  1. Mail the renewal form and check (and proof of rabies or spay/neuter) back to the county.
  2. Create an online account where you can pay using a credit card (there is a fee).
  3. If it is a new puppy, there is a form on the county’s website to download, fill out and mail along with payment to the county.
  4. You can call BCAC and make an appt. to go in and get the license.

Notice of Electronic Township Meetings - 

Notice of Electronic Board of Trustees Meeting - January 4, 2021

Click here for Electronic Meeting Notices 

Noon Workshop - Click here to view agenda

Click here to join noon workshop zoom meeting

6:00 p.m. Board Meeting - Click here to view agenda

Click here to join 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting 

DNR Grant Public Hearing - 

Click here to view notice

Planning Commission - 

The next Planning Commission Meeting will be a Zoom Meeting on January 12th at 6:30p.m.

Click here to view Planning Commission Agenda 

Click here to join zoom Planning Commission Meeting 

Meeting ID: 893 1890 6037 Passcode: 178950 One tap mobile +13017158592,,89318906037#,,,,*178950# US (Washington D.C) +13126266799,,89318906037#,,,,*178950# US (Chicago) Dial by your location         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)         +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 893 1890 6037 Passcode: 178950 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keCQINcsfh

New Drop Box

Check out our NEW drive-up drop box! It is located in the parking lot in front of the Township Hall.  The box is secure and under video surveillance.  The box may be used for tax payments, election applications, ballots, or any type or correspondence to the Township.

Like our walk-up drop box, it will be checked frequently. 

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Discussions Open to the Public

Click here for 7/11/19 revisions to the timeline for zoning ordinance updates.

Zoning Update

The Township has recently been made aware of misinformation that has been published regarding rezoning of properties.  The Township is currently working on a zoning ordinance update, and the purpose of the current zoning update is to achieve a more user-friendly document to work in accordance with the recently completed master plan.  At this time, there is no proposed rezoning of any particular parcel.  However, if at any time rezoning of parcels would be proposed, first a public hearing would be announced and held at the Township Hall.  

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

Please click here to see pages 1-50 of the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Please click here to see pages 51-102.

Check out our Facebook page!

It's St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall.   Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly.   If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest happenings in the township.   You can also get information at https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., the St. Joseph Township Police Department.   Also check out our fire departments pages, https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf..., https://www.facebook.com/sjctf....


For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines




Property Tax Information

Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com.  Click on the big green check mark to set up an account.  Our information is listed under the Berrien County blue bar, click on "St. Joseph Charter Township", then "Click Here" on the next page, type in the address and follow directions.    Tax inquiries for property owners are free of charge for any property that they own.  All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each.  You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (269) 932-0269.

Master Plan

Master Plan Part 1 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 2 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 3 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 4 Of 4 2017

Updated Jan 14, 2021

Special Meetings

  • When scheduled, links to special meeting information will appear below.

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2021 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 2nd- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 28th & Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 2nd & Monday, July 5th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 3rd & Monday, September 6th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving

Friday, December 24th & Monday, December 27th - Christmas

Monday, January 3rd - New Year's